Now? No change yet... but could still be my eyes LOL
Re: the sky, I took some time to think more deeply on that & I'm trying to put my finger on it.
I did a quick test in CaptureNX, adding black & white control points, which really seemed to add allot of life into the foreground, but little effect on the sky. Ill send you that if you want to see.
I'm thinking it might be the small patches of blue sky showing through... not enough to make it helpful, but enough to hurt the clouds. Tried replacing that background with something more cloud like and thought I was getting close, but the edit is crappy & you'd be better served by experimenting with that on your end.
I'm Thinking of downloading Fluid Mask and doing something more precise in that way, though. I would move the entire background to a different layer(s) and work on it separately from the foreground, to try to put maybe a little more zing into it.
You added some blue to the clouds to make them look less washed out & that probably was a good thing, but I wouldn't describe what I'm seeing as "washed out"... or as lacking contrast either.
thanks for putting so much thought into it I ment washed out colours, not contrast.. the contrast is pretty low, but strong enough. as I'm looking at it now, there's that big leave and blue patch in the upper right and that seems to draww the eyes too much, this is the kind of picture, where attention should be even. maybe desaturating and brightening that sky patch would help. I might try someday, but this shot was never ment to be perfect anyway